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NEWS RELEASE · 13th August 2010
Ministry of Environment
The entries are in and now British Columbians are invited to cast a vote for their favourite app in the Apps 4 Climate Action contest, John Yap, Minister of State for Climate Action announced today.

"We've had some really exciting entries into our Apps 4 Climate Action contest and now we're hoping British Columbians will help us pick their favourite," said Yap. "There are a lot of really interesting apps that have come out of this contest, and I'm eager to see which one will come away with the bragging rights of the People's Choice award."

To cast a vote, register at www.apps4climateaction.gov.bc.ca, view the gallery of apps and vote for your favourite. Voting closes on Aug. 29 and contest winners will be announced in mid September 2010.

The Apps for Climate Action Contest challenges Canadian software developers to raise awareness of climate change and inspire action to reduce carbon pollution by using data in new applications for the web and mobile devices. To assist developers, the government assembled 500 provincial climate change data sets in a one stop access point by creating the Climate Change Data Catalogue.

Besides the People's Choice award, the contest has prizes in four other categories: best mobile app, best web app, best of B.C. and overall best app. Contest sponsors have donated more than $40,000 in cash and prizes across five categories.

Contest sponsors include: SAP Canada Inc., Microsoft Canada Inc, Analytic Design Group, David Eaves Inc., Netscribe Communications, TELUS Corporation, Harbour Air Ltd. and Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre.

To vote, go to: www.apps4climateaction.gov.bc.ca

To check out the data catalogue, go to: http://data.gov.bc.ca/